Guest Blog for Thyroid Mom: 7 Lessons Chronic Illness Has Taught Me: A Retrospective Look at Hypothyroidism

If you haven’t already, please check out the guest blog I wrote for the lovely Thyroid Mom, aka Blythe Clifford. I’m honored that she included me on her inspiring site:

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services ( and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.


  1. Sarah,I am preparing to go to Germany on a holdiay, to Hamburg, and like you I am wheat,dairy and egg free, it was your site that came up first. I realise you have moved to America but wondered if you could pass me on to a friend still in Germany who could help with eating out places. Also since you speak German could you make me a card to take in to restaurants with “I am wheat,dairy and egg free could you make me a meal please”.
    Hope you are eating better, I have to cook lots myself as having the 3 items ‘free from’ is difficult to find in Welsh shops.Loved your site, Colin

    1. Hi Colin,

      I’m glad my site was helpful. As I didn’t live in Hamburg, I can’t put you in touch with any of my friends there.

      I would write: Aufgrund von Lebensmittelallergien kann ich weder Weizen (Gluten) noch Milchprodukte noch Eier zu mir nehmen. Ich wäre Ihnen dankbar, wenn Sie für mir bitte ein geeignetes Essen empfehlen könnten.
      (Due to food allergies I am unable to eat either wheat (gluten), dairy products or eggs. I would be grateful if you could please recommend a suitable meal for me).

      Replace Weizen (wheat) with Gluten (gluten) as needed. As I mention in the article, there are also special celiac cards that explain what gluten is in different languages.

      Hope that helps!

      Bon voyage!


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